"Lunch time!" Demyx cheered as he and his best friends sat down at their usual table towards the end of the high school courtyard.
"About time. I was so bored just now in math." Axel groaned.
"Well we have thirty minutes to let our minds rest." Zexion smiled in bliss. The two began eating before Axel paused, sandwich in hand, halfway to his mouth.
"Hey, who's that kid?" Axel nodded over at some brunette, sitting all alone at a table, looking at the four students. The brunette was clad in all black, from his dark beanie to his thick skate shoes.
"I dunno." Demyx shrugged. When the boy noticed that the others had seen him, he returned his eyes to his textbook in front of him.
"That was weird." Zexion thought aloud.
"Pretty sure I've seen him around before. He looks familiar." Riku said.
"It's a big school, I don't remember seeing him much, but every time I do….it's like he's watching us." Axel said with a shiver.
"He isn't watching us." Riku shook his head.
"Yes he is!" Axel argued.
"Why the hell would anyone want to watch us?" Zexion rolled his eyes.
"I don't know why, but I'm telling you, he is." Axel pointed a finger at Zexion.
"No," Zexion whispered, looking back at the brunette. "He's not watching us."
"You lose," Riku laughed at Axel.
"He's watching us!" Axel whispered harshly.
"No; he's watching Riku." Zexion said clearly, causing Riku's eyes to widen. Just then, the bell ending lunch rang, and when the boys looked back, the strange brunette had disappeared.
Riku took a deep breath as he wandered down the hall of his high school, holding the bathroom pass in his hand as he tried to enjoy the few minutes break he could get outside of class.
When he opened the door to the bathroom, he saw the small brunette boy leaning over one of the sinks, rinsing his mouth from the small droplets of blood that spilled out.
"What are you looking at?" The brunette asked impatiently after Riku stood watching in shock.
"Huh?" Riku tried to snap out of his phase. "Are you ok?"
"None of your business." The brunette wiped his black sleeve against his chin.
"I've seen you before. Don't we have a couple classes together?" Riku asked, remembering how just the week before, the boy had been staring at him.
"What are you, some kind of stalker?" the brunette asked in disgust.
"I'm just trying to be friendly," the silverrete shrugged indifferently.
"Who said I wanted you to be my friend?" the brunette returned to his task of rinsing out his mouth.
"What happened?" Riku asked once more, still in curiosity.
"Like I said, none of your business." The brunette picked up his black side bag and threw it over his shoulder.
"What's your name?"
"Why does it matter?"
"Cause I don't know what to call you." Riku shrugged innocently.
"Let's keep it that way," The short brunette fixed his bag across his body.
"I'm Riku." Riku stuck his hand out before him as the boy headed towards the door.
The small student stared at the hand before he sighed. "Sora."
"Nice to meet you Sora. I'm pretty sure I've seen you before, here in school." Riku didn't want to sound like a creeper, but it was that brunette who had been staring at him in the first place.
"Congratulations." Sora huffed before he kept walking.
"Sora," Riku called just before the frail boy opened the door.
"M?" he didn't even turn around to ask.
"Take care," Riku didn't know what else to say, but he felt like something was appropriate.
"Sure," Sora rolled his eyes and left the bathroom.
Riku shook his head and splashed some cold water on his face, wondering why the boy was so withdrawn. After delaying his stay long enough, he returned to his math class.
When his class ended, Riku joined his friends at their usual table, anxious to see if his fellow classmates remembered the strange boy he had previously encountered.
"Oh, it's no use." Demyx sighed just as Riku took a seat on the bench.
"What's wrong?" Axel looked to his left to ask.
"I told them they were sending the wrong guy." Demyx mumbled in sorrow.
"For what?" Riku asked, getting his lunch out of his backpack.
"Coach wants me to be the last leg in the swim meet this weekend, but I'm not ready." Demyx gulped nervously.
"Sure you are. Dem, you're a great athlete." Riku reassured his friend.
"Yeah babe, give yourself more credit." Axel kissed the blonde's temple.
"Thanks guys," Demyx blushed shyly.
"So what are we doing after school today?" Zexion asked, digging into his food.
"I was thinking we could catch a movie." Axel shrugged.
"On a Monday?" Zexion asked suspiciously.
"Who says we can't?" Axel argued.
"We usually watch movies on Fridays," Demyx tapped his chin.
"Movie Monday sounds good to me, unless it's illegal for you three." Axel mocked.
"It just doesn't feel right." Demyx bit his lip.
"That's not what you said last night." Axel smirked, causing Demyx to hit him playfully.
"Riku, what do you think?" Zexion asked to change the subject.
"Huh? Oh, I don't care." Riku said, looking around anxiously, barely paying attention to the conversation.
"What's wrong with you?" Axel asked, taking a bite of his sandwich.
"Nothing." Riku shook his head clear.
"Something's definitely up." Demyx nodded.
"Tell us." Zexion nudged.
"Well, do, do you guys know who Sora is?"
"Doesn't sound familiar," Zexion put a hand to his chin in thought.
"Maybe if I saw a picture." Axel shrugged.
"What's he look like?" Demyx leaned forward to ask Riku.
"Crazy brown spikey hair, a few ear piercings, kind of short, and a bit scrawny." Riku scratched his head.
"Wait, you mean that kid that was staring at you last week?" Axel asked suspiciously.
"I'm pretty sure we have some classes with him. I know I've seen him before." Riku continued to look around.
"Well why does it matter?" Axel asked before Riku sighed.
"He was in the bathroom today."
"Okaaaay, so what, is that not ok? Or do you like him, so you followed him inside to see his dick?" Axel gave a sarcastic grin.
"He was hurt." Riku whispered.
"What do you mean?" Demyx asked in concern.
"His mouth was bleeding, and he was hunched over. I think someone beat him up." Riku stared at his food, not having a desire to eat it.
"I don't know, doesn't sound like our business." Axel shrugged it off.
"That's what he said!" Riku pointed to his redheaded friend.
"Probably cause it's true." Axel rolled his eyes.
"I don't know I, I get the feeling like, like something's happening to him."
"Wait, is that him?" Zexion pointed, and Riku's neck and eyes shot over to the direction in which Zexion pointed.
"Yeah!" Riku gasped in shock.
Sora was sitting at a table all alone with thick headphones that swallowed his ears over his wild spikes. His body was leaning forward, as if he were focused on something that rested on the table before him. With his back to the four students, they continued to talk about him.
"Him? Yeah, I've seen him in class too, I think." Demyx nodded to himself.
"He barely shows up to class. Pretty sure he's in history with us." Zexion added.
"I'm going to go talk to him." Riku stood up.
"Dude are you nuts? Look at him. He obviously doesn't want to be bothered." Axel scoffed.
"He's just shy." Riku rolled his eyes.
"Riku, maybe he likes it that way." Even Zexion took Axel's side.
"Come on man, do you always have to get involved?" Axel winced.
"What do you mean?" Riku asked, shocked.
"Every time you see someone who you think needs help, you try to jump in and save them." Axel sighed.
"I do not!" Riku defended himself.
"Yeah, you're always getting involved in other people's business." Axel shrugged.
"I'm just going to say hi." Riku lied, taking the steps necessary to cross the courtyard.
As he approached Sora, he noticed how the brunette was tapping his foot repeatedly in his heavy skate shoe, his thin ankle revealed by the gap that his black cargo shorts left.
"Hey." Riku stood behind the brunette, unseen and unheard. Riku sighed before he went to the other side of the table and sat down, facing Sora.
"Hey." He repeated, but Sora didn't even look up. Riku knew that his plan to get the brunette's attention was risky, and potentially even stupid, but that didn't stop him as he reached for the pencil that Sora was using to doodle in his notebook. After snatching the yellow stick from Sora's hand, Riku waited for a reaction. Nothing.
Sora reached into his bag, hardly moving his entire arm, before he pulled out another pencil and continued sketching.
Riku sighed loudly before he once again grabbed the pencil from the small boy, thankful that years of athleticism helped his reflexes.
Sora took a deep visible breath before he pulled out a pen, still refusing to look up at Riku.
Riku took one more shot that Sora saw coming, but after the brunette pulled his hand with the pen back, Riku swiped the notebook.
"Give it back!" Sora looked up and ordered.
"What's your problem?" Riku could see the annoyance that Axel seemed to have towards the isolated boy.
"What's YOUR problem?" Sora removed his headphones from his head, letting them hang around his neck.
"I just wanted to talk." Riku shrugged. Sora snarled with squinted eyes.
"Give me my notebook."
"We could say please," Riku teased, wanting to see the boy react to something. Riku's plan worked, as the brunette rushed to his feet, slammed his palms on the table, and huffed.
"Ahem," A vice principal on patrol walked by.
Sora let out a deep sigh before he sat down.
"What are you drawing?" Riku flipped through some pages rapidly, causing Sora to panic.
"Please!" Sora begged, his voice no longer angry, but desperate. Riku's hands froze as he looked into the blue eyes before him. "Please, give it back," Sora whispered, his voice weak.
"Ok," Riku barely made any sound as he handed the notebook back with guilt. He watched as Sora tucked it away into his messenger bag and fled the table. "Wait!" Riku stood up next, holding Sora's pencils.
"Sora, wait up," Riku chased after the boy he scared away, glancing quickly at his friends to see all of them gawking at him awkwardly. Riku followed Sora back into the giant building and down a hallway.
"Hey, you," Riku panted after he found Sora at his locker.
"Stop following me!" Sora slammed his locker shut.
"You left these." Riku held out two pencils in his hand.
"I didn't. You took them." Sora glared harshly.
"Sorry," Riku apologized sheepishly.
"What do you want from me?" Sora asked, sounding suspicious and bothered by it.
"Nothing. I just wanted to talk to you."
"Cause you seem all lonely." Riku gave his honest opinion.
"You seem all creepy." Sora huffed in response.
"Maybe we have wrong impressions of each other." Riku shrugged innocently.
"I don't care what your impression of me is." Sora took a step.
"I know you're lying." Riku saw through the brunette.
"What?" Sora sounded offended.
"Sora, I, I've seen you before, staring at me and my friends. I never knew why, but I've always wanted to figure it out." Riku shrugged honestly.
"I, I don't know what you're talking about." Sora shook his head.
"What are you doing today?"
"What?" Sora was beyond confused.
"After school, what are you doing?"
"Why?" Sora looked around nervously.
"My friends and I are going to the movies. You should come."
"No thanks," Sora continued walking.
"At least join us for the rest of lunch. If you still don't like us, or me, I'll leave you alone." Riku raised his hands to show his honesty.
"And if I don't go?"
"Then I guess I'll still be a creep until you cave." Riku joked with a light hearted smile.
Sora looked around in frustration before he rolled his eyes. "Fine. The rest of lunch. After that, you have to leave me alone!" Sora pointed a stiff finger.
"Deal." Riku nodded. He couldn't explain why, but he wanted to get to know the strange boy more. He felt as if Sora had been asking for it with his silent glances from a week prior, but the first attempt at contact proved otherwise, as Sora explicitly asked to be left alone. Somehow, Riku felt like there was more than what was being said, and that persistence would reveal it in due time.
"Axel, Zex, Dem, this is Sora." Riku introduced the timid boy.
"Hey Sora!" Demyx waved with a friendly smile.
"What's up?" Axel asked, a bit less enthusiastic than his boyfriend.
"Nice to meet you." Zexion remained as formal as ever.
"Go ahead, sit." Riku took a seat by Axel and pointed next to Zexion, across from himself. Sora grumbled under his breath before he plopped on the bench.
"I like your earings." Demyx pointed to the three small black hoops going up Sora's right ear.
"Thanks." Sora whispered.
"I think I might get another. What do you think?" Demyx turned to his boyfriend, who shrugged.
"I think you're sexy with the earings you already have, but if you want another, go for it."
"Did they hurt?" Zexion asked Sora, who shook his head.
"So you guys, Sora wants to go to the movies with us." Riku said, staring at the brunette boy, who looked up from his lap with surprised eyes.
"Is that so?" Zexion asked, leaving Sora to stammer inaudibly.
"Sweet! We are SO making Movie Monday a regular thing!" Axel fisted the air in victory.
"Fine, but as long as it's not a horror movie." Demyx shivered.
"Oh, of course it is. That new ghost movie came out last week, and since we skipped movie Friday last week, we owe it to ourselves to see it today." Axel reasoned.
"Isn't it rated R?" Zexion asked.
"We're all seventeen, so who cares?"
"I'm not," Sora gave a cynical smile as Riku squinted his eyes in frustration, hoping that his plan could still somehow work.
"That's ok, I know a guy who can make fake ID's." Axel waved it off.
"Who?" Demyx asked curiously.
"I think his name is Roxas,"
"Don't bother," Sora slumped his cheek onto his fist as his elbow rested on the table.
"Why, you know him?"
"Isn't that your twin?" Zexion asked and Sora nodded.
"You have a twin?" Axel asked in shock.
"Is he every bit as social as you?" Axel asked sarcastically.
Sora glared angrily, not even answering as he squinted in disdain.
"Roxas, that sounds familiar." Demyx tapped his chin.
"He's the blonde boy that is always hanging around Hayner and Pence and that brunette chick." Zexion nodded to himself.
"Olette," Sora finished for him.
"So wait, you are actually brothers with Roxas?" Axel asked curiously.
"Yes, we're twins. Anything else?" Sora asked in annoyance.
"Look, if you have a fake ID, you should be able to come with us, so at least that's settled." Zexion shrugged.
"Who said I do?" Sora bluffed.
"You already have a fake, don't you?" Riku asked bluntly and when Sora nodded in shame, he smirked.
"Wait, how old are you?" Demyx asked.
"I'll be sixteen soon," Sora rubbed his arm shyly.
"Damn! You're a kid!" Demyx said with wide eyes.
"Am not!" Sora looked up and fought back.
"You sure sound like one." Axel chuckled.
"Asshole," Sora grumbled.
"Hey, it was a joke, take it easy." Axel smiled the tension away.
"So what time is the movie?" Riku asked Zexion, who checked via his smart phone.
"An hour after we get out of school, so we can walk straight to the theatre after class." Zexion nodded in affirmation.
"I'm busy." Sora said quickly, as if he just remembered.
"No you're not." Riku looked at him.
"Yes, I am. Seriously I'm not lying!" Sora remained persistent.
"He looks serious to me." Demyx shrugged.
"What do you have to do?" Riku asked.
"I uh, I can't say." Sora rubbed the back of his neck.
"He's so lying." Axel rolled his eyes.
"No, I'm not!" Sora repeated.
"Then tell us why. If you're busy its fine, but don't lie to us." Riku made it seem so simple.
"I have to go to work." Sora winced.
"Where do you work?" Zexion asked.
"Um, well, I work, for a friend." Sora coughed.
"So it's true?" Axel asked, confusing everyone at the table.
"What?" Sora asked in fear.
"The rumors." Axel leaned forward, as if he had a secret. "You're a drug dealer."
Author's Note: OK, so I just wanted to say that this story is dedicated to Pretty-Devil-in-Prada! Thanks for your patience! This is one of my new soriku's that I'm really happy to be working on! I've got tons of new stuff that will be coming out soon, once I finish wrapping up some of my older stories. So please follow to keep up with the stories to come! Thanks!
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